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Each month, the Community, Professional Economic Development (CPED) unit will explore a different theme related to our mission, vision, and the work being accomplished to develop communities across
A great way to capture this work is through stories: stories of impact, stories of change, stories of challenge. This can be the work of individuals, businesses, organizations, and UADA professionals that are striving to improve the quality of life for all Arkansans. We will capture and
share these stories via social media, our newsletter, and other forms of communication.
Share your community story and learn from the stories of others, as you help co-create a new community online—a space that preserves experiences, sheds light on challenges, fosters new insights, and hopefully inspires others.
We are committed to building resilient and inclusive communities while enhancing the wellbeing of Arkansans.
We strengthen the capacity of individuals, businesses, organizations, and UADA to build inclusive and sustainable communities through research-based resources and processes.
When we talk about ways we strengthen capacity, we support a community or individual’s ability to grow and flourish. Capacity building is an investment in the future sustainability of a community or organization through the impact of its people.
There are four different ways to share your story with us: narrative text, video recording,
voice recording, or pictures/captions. Pick the format you are most comfortable with
or the one that best captures the essence of your experience.
Please Note: We ask that you only upload one file type per story. You can share up
to five different stories using this form by having one story per format.
If you aren’t sure if you have a story related to one of our themes, feel free to
review the prompting questions below. Each theme will have a set of questions you
can use to reflect and help frame your story. These questions are designed to simply
guide and are not required.
Have you ever volunteered to help with a community-wide clean up or signed a petition
for a new park to be built in your neighborhood? Have you ever voted in an election
or worked with a group tasked with reimagining your Main Street or downtown? If so,
you have played a role in making your community a better place by being active in
civic discussion and citizen action.
Active citizenship means people, businesses and organizations getting involved in
their local communities. Active citizenship can be as small as educating young people
about democratic values, or as big as coordinating a strategic planning process for
your community or region. No matter the initiative, citizen involvement is crucial
for the long-term sustainability and growth of a community.
We all have the power and responsibility to co-curate our communities — to shape them
into the places we are proud of both professionally and personally. We seek to capture
and share ways Arkansans are actively participating in their communities, looking
for new ways organizations and businesses can help make change, and acting boldly
in leading efforts for citizens to pave the way.
In communities, stories of citizens in action may look like identifying and addressing
issues or exploring how to engage people in community-wide efforts. In organizations,
citizens in action may look like the development of new affinity groups due to societal
unrest or new ways of amplifying employee voices.
For example, Calico Rock is having a renaissance downtown and on Main Street. Just
four years ago, Main Street was full of empty buildings with little to attract the
tourists that so desperately wanted activities for the whole family. Today, Main Street
is filling up with budding businesses and a variety of activities, boutiques, and
entertainment for the whole family. This resurgence of downtown Calico Rock is thanks
to citizens in action who saw the need for business and city leaders to do something
about their town.
Many would contribute recent growth and development to the Calico Rock Museum and
Visitor's Center, which is also located on Main Street. Dedicated volunteers and community
leaders have been hard at work giving Main Street a facelift. Murals that once told
the history of the town were beyond repair and contributing to a "run down" look for
Main Street. Thanks to community efforts and funding through CREATE BRIDGES, those
murals were turned into new displays to showcase the rich history of Calico Rock with
new paint and metal-works signage. Calico Rocks success is one example of community
development and economic development intersecting thanks to the charge of citizens
taking on the task.
For the UADA community, citizens in action can be observed in the great work of 4-H
programs working to educate young people about the importance of civic engagement.
It also looks like UADA’s internal leadership program i-lead, where employees come
together every month to learn about the Division, participate in leadership development,
and discuss ways to improve the Division as a whole.
We hope you share your own and take-away someone else’s story or example that touches
your own experience, inspires you for action, and deepens your understanding of the
work of UADA’s community, professional, and economic development.
Submit Your Story Now!
Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines renew as “restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection”
(Merriam Webster, 2022.) After two years facing the COVID-19 pandemic, communities,
individuals, businesses, organizations, and UADA professionals are finding new ways
to envision our purpose, restore its freshness, engage stakeholders and partners,
and explore creative approaches to our work. (BOLD)
Everyone was changed by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way—professionally or personally.
We seek to capture and share ways Arkansans are looking anew at their work, envisioning
new ways to engage volunteers and community members, and acting boldly in ways that
create lasting change.
In communities, stories of renewal may look like finding new ways to connect and celebrate
each other or adapting community favorite activities to make them work in a world
that has been changed by COVID-19.
For example, the Main Street Russellville program has taken a community favorite event,
their quarterly Art Walks, and used them to inspire new events that fit into a world
changed by COVID-19. These Art Walks, which by their nature are outdoor, were socially
distanced events that featured local artists, food trucks, and downtown businesses
in the streets of downtown Russellville. While the city was not able to host their
traditional Christmas events in 2020, Main Street Russellville, The City of Russellville,
and the Chamber of Commerce partnered to host The Holiday Glow Festival. The festival
was a way to take holiday traditions like lighting contests, hot chocolate, and local
shopping outside into a safer atmosphere. The Holiday Glow Festival has been held
the last two years and has quickly become a fan favorite in its own right.
For the UADA community, renewal is the great work of county agents like Lez Walz and
Brad McGinley who are looking for new ways to engage their community in programming--reaching
out in conversation with community members to understand what is important to them
and how they can bring their interests, passions, and expertise to create a vibrant,
vital place to live and work.
For questions or other matters, please e-mail Emily Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 603-387-1584.